from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small piece of metal or foil used in painting with enamel.
- n. A spangle used to ornament a dress or costume.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sequin or spangle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spangle or glittering piece of metal (or glass) forming a part of costume, either sewed to a garment or hanging with others in a bunch secured to a feather or in a similar position where it could move freely.
- n. In enamel-painting, a bit of metal or colored foil.
- n. Also papilette.
French, from Old French, diminutive of paille, straw; see paillasse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French paillette, from paille ‘straw’ + -ette. (Wiktionary)